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Wadena-DC claims Park Region Baseball title

Wadena-Deer Creek's Preston Warren lays down a bunt against Menahga during it's Park Region Conference clinching victory over the Braves on May 17. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal

The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team secured the Park Region Conference with a 9-3 victory over Menahga on May 17 in Wadena. The Wolverines captured the conference title with a 13-1 record and hold a game edge on New York Mills.

The Braves made the Wolverines work for it, putting some pressure on the Wolverines in the early innings, but the Wolverines out-lasted the Braves for the home win.

Lleyten Pettit picked up the win on the mound. He went four innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two. Wyatt Hamann came on in relief and shut the door on any comeback hopes. He walked three and struck out two in picking up a three-inning save.

The Wolverines struck first with an RBI single by Jake Dykhoff in the first. He plated Preston Warren, who lead off by reaching with an error.

The Wolverines added to the lead in the second with four runs. Bryce Cooper walked and scored, while Max Phillips reached on an error and eventually scored. Noah Ross doubled in a run as did Justin Dykhoff, helping the Wolverines to a 5-0 lead.

Menahga came right back with three runs in the third, but the Wolverines kept on the foot on the gas with two more runs in the third. Preston Warren brought in a run with a groundout, while Noah Ross singled home a run.

It remained 7-3 until the sixth inning when Jake Dykhoff and Justin Dykhoff drove in runs. Jake doubled in Warren, who started with a single, while Justin brought in Jake with an RBI single.

Warren had a hit, two runs scored and a run batted in. Ross and Jake Dykhoff each had two hits and two runs batted in, while Justin Dykhoff drove in two and finished with three hits. Hamann and Colby Schertler finished with a hit each.

Menahga’s Lars Keranen took the loss on the hill. He allowed nine runs, four of them earned, on 10 hits. He struck out four and walked three batters.

The Wolverines improved their season mark to 15-2 overall and have a pair of key Section 8AA games looming on Tuesday, May 22 when they take on Perham and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Wadena. Perham and Wadena-DC open at 4 p.m., followed by DGF and Perham.

MEN 0 0 3  0 0 0 0--3 5 6

WDC 1 4 2  0 0 2 x--9 10 1

WP: Lleyten Pettit

LP: Lars Keranen

S: Wyatt Hamann

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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